Take the next step in your teaching career with an iPGCE

Tes Institute’s iPGCE Master’s level programme is designed to offer education professionals outside the UK a flexible route to gain an International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE)*.

This blended learning programme takes one academic year to complete and is delivered through a mix of online and school-based learning, face-to-face development and in-country tutor support.

Course and content overview

Tes Institute’s iPGCE programme is validated by University of East London. It consists of two modules that blend applied teaching theory with practice, focusing on the relevant aspects of the professional role of a teacher as well as the related Teachers’ Standards.

You will have the opportunity to explore key features of learning and teaching in the context of international school systems, whilst developing individual practice through critical engagement and research on practice.

Whilst gaining an iPGCE does not include QTS (which is required to teach in most state schools in England), by the end of the programme trainees will have compiled a full online portfolio against the QTS standards. For eligible trainees, this means that they can, if they wish, undertake an accelerated ‘Assessment Only’ route to QTS with Tes Institute, either upon taking up a post in the UK or even whilst in their current school overseas if they are working in a BSO school.


Module Title Number of credits FHEQ Level Core or Optional
Developing effective subject knowledge and pedagogy 30 7 Core
Investigating strategies for raising pupil learning and achievement 30 7 Core


With the number of international schools increasing year by year, there’s a growing demand for high-quality teachers. The iPGCE programme aims to help you:

  • Develop a level of professional competence equivalent to that of a new teacher
  • Become an empowered, reflective practitioner and manager in education who can be an agent of change
  • Critically engage with a wide range of education issues from a multidisciplinary subject/phase perspective
  • Develop models of good practice by drawing on a range of literature and comparing your own teaching practice to existing good practice models, identifying and setting potential areas for your professional development
  • Build upon your professional experience to link theory with research, policy and practice in international education and development

Successful completion of this Tes Institute programme leads to the award of International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE)** from the University of East London. 


The programme is delivered over 38 weeks through a blend of online learning, in-school work-based activities and tutor support and assessment. Tes Institute will provide you with expert advice, support and guidance every step of the way.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the course you will need to hold an honours degree or equivalent. If English is not your first language, you must achieve IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element). English language qualifications must have been completed no more than two years prior to the programme start date. IELTS also cannot be used as an equivalency for GCSE English.

Local teacher license regulations will vary by country and we highly recommend that you independently research the requirements for the country you are interested in moving to and that you contact a few schools in the region before making a decision on what qualification to pursue. Find out more about qualifications needed to teach abroad.  

View the full iPGCE prospectus here

**Please note - The iPGCE addresses all the Standards for Qualified Teachers Status (QTS) in England but it does not lead to a licence to teach in England (QTS) or elsewhere. QTS does not apply to those working in schools outside England, however, the Tes Institute programme team will be able to advise individuals on what course of action is need should QTS be required in the future. We reserve the right to amend course information, cancel, suspend or modify the course or change the entry requirements at any time.

Find out more about iPGCE

Register today and get personalised advice from one of our teacher training and development advisors on how this course can help you.